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Meet The Swans

Last week marked one year since we launched the new look of Simply Charming Socials. Happy 1st Swaniversary to us! I spent a several months working on the re-brand, thoughtfully choosing the overall mood and aesthetic and carefully selecting specific fonts, colors, and finally, our swan icon. Lucky for me, I am engaged to an amazing man who happens to be a very talented graphic designer and brand developer. We put our heads together to create the visual representation of what you see of Simply Charming Socials today and I couldn’t feel more connected to this brand. I have decided to share the evolution of the brand, from concept and mood board, to bits of our brand guidelines and even the story behind the swans.

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Bridal Bag Essentials

On your wedding day, the last thing you want to do is keep track of small items, but there are a few essentials that you’ll want to keep close and a small clutch is the perfect place. As a sweet surprise, my future sister-in-law lent me the bag she carried on her wedding day, which happened to be her mother’s wedding purse as well. I plan to hold this heirloom close on my big day, and I will fill it with just the necessities. Here are my Bridal Bag Essentials:

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All-White Easter Basket

I love color. Really. But sometimes, a monochromatic or achromatic palette has me tickled. This year, I decided to create an All-White Easter Basket, full of pale goodies, ivory-hued sweets, and one snowy bunny. I also added a couple touches of gold. Just for fun. Check out this sugary bundle of Easter goodness that’s sure to make any child happy.

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Citrus Carrot Juice

Spring is the season of fresh produce, bright colors, and awakening, and what a better way to toast to Spring than with a refreshing glass of juice. In my personal journey to get healthy (for life) and get fit (for the Big Day… t minus 5 months), I have created a personal regimen of weekly workouts, the Whole30 program, and overall self care. For the past month, it’s been out with the crabby, yucky rut and in with the yummy, healthy routine. Part of my lifestyle change has included the occasional juicing. In honor of Spring, I have created the most delicious Citrus Carrot Juice recipe (and an option to make it a cocktail too!).

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DIY: Spotty Painted Eggs

Last week, I created spotty eggs for our Painterly Easter Tablescape, inspired by speckled songbird eggs. I loved the pale tones accented with imperfect dark dots. With some neutral-toned paints and a semi-steady hand, you can create your own. Here is the step-by-step guide on how to paint Spotty Easter Eggs:

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Painterly Easter Tablescape

Easter has been a longtime favorite of mine. It’s one of the only holidays that celebrates bright Spring colors, fluffy baby animals, sugary candy, and crafting. I always look forward to dyeing eggs and setting my Easter table. It’s the first time that Spring is in full bloom in my home. This year, instead of decking my table with pastels, I took a different approach and centered my tablescape around a set of bespoke linen napkins I purchased before I moved from New York City to Atlanta. This artistic little rabbit has inspired the most painterly Easter table.

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#TBT: February 2015 Round-Up

February was a love-filled month for Simply Charming Socials. I launched Stories, a series truly from my heart and dove right in telling little snippets of happy, pretty things. I fell in love with sparkly and yummy things, and gave a sneak peek into my own love story. Here is our February 2015 Round-Up:

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Inspired: Copper Tones

Copper tones are super on-trend right now, and since Copper is one of our brand colors, we couldn’t be more excited! We love incorporating metallics into our bride’s wedding palette because they add a special contrast and shine. Below are some beautiful examples of copper, brass, gold and rose gold tones that bring warmth and richness to your wedding design. 

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Real Wedding: Alicia + Sammy

In an effort to fight the winter blues, we’re thinking back to last Spring when Alicia and Sammy wed under the cherry blossoms of Big Canoe. With the big pink tree in full bloom, perfect weather, and the sweetest couple, this North Georgia wedding day was shear Spring perfection. We had the pleasure of seeing these newlyweds at their cousin’s wedding a couple weeks ago and were thrilled to learn that they have new life “blooming” in their little family with baby Olivia on the way. Best wishes to A + S as we remember their wedding day.

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